eBooks about Kyoto
I really enjoy taking photos of Kyoto. It’s an amazing city and a real paradise for photographers. Almost everything is photogenic here. Look around, the temples, the shrines, the gardens, the old preserved streets, the canals and rivers, the trees, the different flowers taking turn to bloom everywhere, and the leaves offering incredible color palettes. And the people! The people of Kyoto are really special — they are so proud of being born, raised and still living in Kyoto. They continue their own special lifestyle like their forefathers have done.
Kyoto is a city that lives with the seasons. Its look changes with the season and it’s why any visit is unique. Come and enjoy rediscovering the city once per season. Sure, the two main ones are the spring with the famous and wonderful cherry blossoms and the fall with the colorful and surprising foliage of the maple trees.
Kyoto is home to three large and popular festivals, hundreds of years old. One of the largest one in Japan, the Gion Matsuri Festival, lasts a complete month! The other two, the Aoi Matsuri and the Jidai Matsuri are a perfect opportunity to see hundreds or even thousands of participants dressed in historical costume. And with hundreds of temples and shrines, there is something going on in the city almost every day.
Together with my friend Richard, I’ve co-authored a guide for photographers, to share our enthusiasm and passion for this city. And I’ve put together a few eBooks on specific seasons and subjects to help visitors make the best of their limited time in Kyoto.
I sincerely hope these eBooks prove useful to you and that you’ll enjoy them.
Maiko of Miyagawa-cho
Maiko of Miyagawa-cho Introducing over 50 maiko Miyagawa-cho is one of Kyoto’s five Hanamachi or geisha districts. This is where I discovered the "Kagai" (flower town), an unknown and secret world. And where I saw my first maiko. I was living just south of Gojo...
Maiko Koyori eBook
In Kyoto, the old capital of Japan, there remains a secret world that has changed very little since the Edo period – the “Hanamachi” (花街) or “flowers town”. This is where you’ll find old “okiya” (geisha houses) and “ochaya” (tea houses) where the geisha still live and work in the old traditional Japanese way.
This is where I met Koyori san…
100 Kyoto Sights
Kyoto’s top sights brought to life through the evocative words of long-term resident John Dougill and the stunning photography of Patrick Hochner.
Kyoto is the birthplace of Japanese culture—a fact that is evident in every corner of the city. Japan’s ancient capital is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the famous Golden Pavilion and the fortified Nijo Castle.
Hanami – Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto
With over 200 photos, this photo ebook will not only show you the beauty of the cherry blossoms in Kyoto but will explain and describe the way the Japanese people enjoy this season. It will provide you with information and suggestions to discover and enjoy this most wonderful period. . .
Kôyô – The Fall Foliage in Kyoto
Kôyô, the Japanese term for the fall foliage season, is a beautiful and magical time in and around Kyoto. Starting from the surrounding mountains and hills, every temple, every garden burst with a combination of yellow, orange and red colors. This photo ebook, full of suggestions and inspiration, will help you discover and enjoy the beauty hat has been admired by the Japanese people for centuries.
The Gion Matsuri Festival
This book features explanations and description for a selection of events, from a local foreigner’s point of view, with a camera. The book is meant to be practical first, with details of location and schedule of events alongside their description. At the same time, it is a photo book, chocked full of inspirational photographs taken over the last three years.
The Photographer’s Guide to KYOTO
This 94-page e-book gives you the best and broadest coverage of Kyoto’s most photogenic locations. The book includes a chapter on the Bucket List locations followed by chapters on different regions. The book includes over 100 photographs, maps, suggested itineraries and planning essentials, as well as photographer-specific details and insider tips on photographic challenges and opportunities at the more than 40 locations introduced.